The September-october 2017 issue of the Bible Advocate is now available.
Here are three popular definitions for grace:
God’s unmerited favor.
God giving us what we do not deserve.
God’s riches at Christ’s expense.
These all show that the source of grace is God, not us. God’s most significant … Read the rest
Juaquin wandered out of the patch of forest behind our house in Canada’s Yukon Territory, looking like a vagabond. He wore baggy pants, a crumpled shirt, and stringless runners. A large floppy hat covered his frizzy brown hair and half … Read the rest
God’s will is for us to be reconciled to Him, and He has done this through His Son, Jesus — all because of love. God in Christ is the epitome of pure love, and only by it can we become … Read the rest
Joe didn’t look like a leader. The eleventh of twelve sons, he was loved by his father but despised by his ten older half-brothers. We meet him at seventeen years of age, tattling on them. Then the dreams started — … Read the rest
Surreal moon-like landscape surrounded me — glossy black rivers of rock, ripples frozen in time with chunks of porous a’a lava thrown about abstractly. In the distance, smoke billowed into the sky above the ridge ahead as fresh lava flowed … Read the rest
“I’ll absolutely die if I can’t have these stonewashed jeans. All my friends have them!”
“Foolish priorities,” we may respond. But what of our own concerns? What are we willing to forego to satisfy our whims? No tickets to the … Read the rest
In the Old Testament, God commanded Israel to keep the Day of Atonement every year on the tenth day of the seventh month (Leviticus 16:29, 30; 23:27, 28). On that day, the high priest brought the blood of sacrificed animals … Read the rest
For centuries, the Jews had faithfully worshipped in their synagogues each Sabbath, hoping and waiting for the Messiah to come (John 1:41; 4:25). Their prophets were silent because there had been no word from God for four hundred years. Into … Read the rest
I Am Clean
It all started at a daycare. The position I got wasn’t the one I expected, but I loved it — playing with, feeding, consoling children. At this time in my life, I had good friends, a great … Read the rest